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The 100 college majors that go on to earn the most money

Stacker Logo By Dolphin Sharma of Stacker | Slide 1 of 101: College is a time of many overwhelming experiences and exciting opportunities. Whether it is forgoing sleep to prepare for an exam or studying abroad in an exotic city, we realize that growing up can be hard to do. But post-graduation life can feel pretty good, especially when you get that first paycheck from your first job and it makes all the hard work feel worth while.For some college alumni the stress of college is really paying off. The rise of information technology and digitization has transformed the job market leading to an unprecedented demand for technical and analytical skills. More and more students are majoring in math and science related to fields with the likelihood of earning at-least $100,000 by the time they are in their 30s.To show just how valuable these college majors can be, Stacker used data from PayScale to rank the top 100 college majors whose alumni go on to make the most money in their respective professional careers. The rankings are based on highest average mid-career salary, and in the event of a tie, the major whose alumni earned more money on average early in their career is ranked higher.

Stacker explores college majors that go on to earn the most money

College is a time of many overwhelming experiences and exciting opportunities. Whether it is forgoing sleep to prepare for an exam or studying abroad in an exotic city, we realize that college is a unique experience with ups and downs. But post-graduation life can feel pretty good, especially when you get that first paycheck from your first job and it makes all the hard work feel worth while.

For some college alumni the stress of college is really paying off. The rise of information technology and digitization has transformed the job market leading to an unprecedented demand for technical and analytical skills. More and more students are majoring in math and science related to fields with the likelihood of earning at-least $100,000 by the time they are in their 30s.

To show just how valuable these college majors can be, Stacker used data from PayScale to rank the top 100 college majors whose alumni go on to make the most money in their respective professional careers. The rankings are based on highest average mid-career salary, and in the event of a tie, the major whose alumni earned more money on average early in their career is ranked higher. 

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